Sheffield United: Stewart hopes to earn his spurs

Kevin Stewart (left) faces Leeds during his recent trial with Sheffield United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Kevin Stewart (left) faces Leeds during his recent trial with Sheffield United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sheffield United will continue to monitor Kevin Stewart’s situation at Tottenham Hotspur as Nigel Clough, the League One club’s manager, looks to bolster his squad’s Championship credentials next season, writes James Shield.

Stewart, who faces an uncertain future in the capital after failing to force himself into Tim Sherwood’s starting eleven, recently returned to South Yorkshire on trial after impressing United’s coaching staff during a previous spell at the Redtooth Academy.

Having elected not to offer Matt Hill, the former Blackpool and Barnsley defender, a new contract, Clough is expected to strengthen a back four which emerged as a driving force behind his team’s rise from 21st to seventh in the table term despite making a centre-forward his top priority in the transfer market.

As The Star revealed earlier this month, Stewart and his representative held exploratory talks with United’s hierarchy ahead of the 2-1 victory over Coventry City which meant they finished the campaign only a place outside the play-off positions.

Meanwhile, boys eligible to compete in the under-12, 13 and 14 age brackets have been invited to attend an open training session at the Redtooth Academy on May 27. Interested parties should email john.pembertonjnr@sufc.co.uk detailing their date of birth and playing history before 5pm on May 23.

Although places are limited, United hope to arrange similar events later this year.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1